World Taekwondo Federation takes to the beach for new Bali event

The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) has announced that the Indonesian island of Bali will host its first-ever World Beach Championships later this year.

The two-day event will take place on the weekend of June 4-5. The championships will feature competitions in the recognised poomsae, freestyle poomsae, technical breaking, freestyle dynamic kicks and team demonstrations disciplines.

Any athlete with a WTF Global athlete license will be eligible to compete, as will those with dan or poom rank certificates issued to them by Kukkiwon, the classification body of taekwondo. The championships will feature two male and two female age divisions.

The WTF confirmed that competing males would wear sleeveless shirts and shorts, while females would wear tank tops and shorts. The kits are in the process of being designed. The body added that those whose religious beliefs require them to do so could wear long sleeves, tights and hijabs. Sunglasses will also be allowed.

“The first WTF World Beach Taekwondo Championships provides our athletes with a new setting, new uniforms and a new look – and we expect new stars to emerge,” WTF president Chungwon Choue said. “The event will also be a showcase for our sport (in) the run-up to the inaugural ANOC (Association of National Olympic Committees) Beach Games in San Diego in 2017.”